Phil LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based at the network's Chicago bureau. He is also editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.
LeBeau has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including "Dreamliner: Inside the World's Most Anticipated Airplane," "Ford: Rebuilding an American Icon" and "Saving General Motors" and "Failure to Recall: Investigating GM."
Prior to joining CNBC, LeBeau served as a media relations specialist for Van Kampen Funds in Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., and was instrumental in implementing an initiative to communicate the company's mutual fund and investment practices to the public and the press. While at Van Kampen, LeBeau held a Series 6 license.
Previously, he held general assignment reporting positions at KCNC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Denver, and KAKE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kan. LeBeau began his career as a field producer at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, where he wrote, produced and researched consumer stories. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism with a bachelor's degree in journalism and broadcasting.
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Although the country's credit rating has been downgraded and the stock market has plunged, car buyers are still heading into showrooms.
As new model announcements go, this may be the most intriguing one we'll hear about this year. Cadillac, long a non-factor in small luxury cars, is rolling out a C-segment model next year. Right now it's called the ATS, but by the time it hits showrooms that could change. The name is not important.
You have to wonder what's going through the minds of executives at General Motors. After posting far better than expected earnings in the second quarter, and having the company in its best position in years investors are shrugging their shoulders and saying, "so what?"
In the issue, Consumer Reports pulls no punches on the Civic saying, "Stopping distances are long, the ride is choppy, road noise is pronounced, and the interior feels cheap."
For all the hand wringing, complaining and eye rolling being done by auto makers who are now on board with the new fuel efficiency targets, one thing you don't hear about is the excitement of engineers, designers, and suppliers. Excitement? Yes, excitement.
Ford is recalling nearly 423,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the power-assisted steering can fail while they're being driven.
According to the EPA, using the AC at highway speeds is more fuel-efficient than open windows, USA Today reports.
Car buyers hit showrooms en masse on Memorial Day, helped by low-financing offers and other incentives.